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    Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    Pharmaceutical companies don't want to create "cures", they want "treatments", as in life long treatments producing their income. Same for Monsanto, if they came up with a "cure" I wouldn't trust it...
  2. Thread: Ants In The Hive

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    Re: Ants In The Hive

    Heading for the feed store now for Tanglefoot thank you! I have Crazy ants going up cinderblocks crossing the metal pipe into 2 of my hives.. My hive stand is 3 galvanized iron pipes around 1.5 or...
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    Re: Considering switching to Oxalic Acid

    I'm going to get some sticky boards in my hives and find out if I even have a varroa problem. Brood breaks have happened when I forgot to feed.
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    Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    I had EFB kill 3 hives and damage 2 more in 2013 in my apiary. IF I had not donated brood from the sick hive to 2 hives with low numbers I would only have lost one hive. My deep boxes were not an...
  5. Thread: Ants In The Hive

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    Re: Ants In The Hive

    My pest control guy says all that will kill raspberry crazy ants is fipronil. I'm thinking fire or boiling water are also options. Has anyone fought them? They are not near the bees at the moment...
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    Re: Do bees know their beekeeper?

    Mine will buzz me, light on my arm. Even my trap out bees, after I spent several hours closing their hive off and setting up the trap hive with eggs, one lit on my arm. Not to sting. But I do think...
  7. Re: any way to keep bees from over propolising every thing.

    Gluey bees are healthy bees, more likely to be VSH too. Enjoy
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    Re: Sick "Black" Bees

    How is it going?
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    Delber,

    I don't disagree with it, I am doing it to the extent that I can on 1/3 of an acre inside city limits, and trading eggs for some things I can't grow, drought and all. This year I put the...
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    Re: Sick "Black" Bees

    Great videos
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    I just follow the money and read the results with a large grain of salt. I don't need roundup. ya'll have fun
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    Re: Another disadvantage with Foundationless

    white wax is not as strong. I use wedge frames so they draw from the center and I've not had a problem with extraction or comb falling apart, and ahem, its hot in Texas. Bee inspector slightly...
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    Re: Sick "Black" Bees

    They may have picked it up by robbing a sick hive. That is how European Foul Brood is spread. If that is the case I'd strip them of honey and comb, then dose them in sugar water. Requeen if...
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    Re: Considering switching to Oxalic Acid

    I only have 2 hives, I think that one might be in my budget
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    Re: Considering switching to Oxalic Acid

    If I have to treat this year, OA sounds worth the effort.
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    Re: Some bees crawling in grass in front of hive

    I make fondant but when you add cream of tartar and pollen substitute to sugar it is probably changing the chemistry, bees do well on it during the February dearth
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    Re: Elderberry Mead Recipe Help

    I ate a couple raw when I was picking, went ahead and threw the bag in the freezer. (I rinsed when I cleaned from stems and I don't spray anything)
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    Re: Elderberry Mead Recipe Help

    Should I boil first or just freeze the ripe berries in ziplocs?
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    Re: Some bees crawling in grass in front of hive

    does boiling cause a change in the sugar syrup that might cause an issue for the bees?
  20. Re: Cells full of "snot" - does that mean there are larvae?

    Takes about 3 generations for my gentle queen's daughters to get hot around here, so I know there are some africans somewhere, but generally a good queen, and her offspring, are good for 1.5 to 2...
  21. Re: Cells full of "snot" - does that mean there are larvae?

    Is the snot white and does it smell bad?
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    Re: Elderberry Mead Recipe Help

    I need an elderberry mead recipe that suits my alcohol consumption and elderberry stock (I have about 1 quart of fresh ripe elderberries). Got 30 lbs of honey total, so it is NOT all going into mead...
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    Re: survival of individual colonies

    I am very fond of the Varroa Sensitive Hygenic Queens I got from a man in East Texas. Unfortunately he had horrible luck with queens this year, lost 59 breeding nucs out of 60 to fire ants, so I only...
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    Re: Hobby means 1 or 2 hives....

    Those wealthy folks are in HOA's that may prohibit hives, at any rate none have asked me for a hive in their garden.
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    Re: Hobby means 1 or 2 hives....

    Thank you all for your input. And thank you Lazy for explaining our weather. It is not just the sugar bill. The drought reduces shb, this is true, but increases European Foulbrood (bored nurse bee...
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